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Preface

From Fire Emblem Wiki, your source on Fire Emblem information. By fans, for fans.
Preface

Cm feh preface 1.png

Location

World of Zenith

New units

Anna, Virion, Matthew, Raigh, Takumi*

Boss(es)

Axe Fighter, Bow Fighter

Next chapter(s)

World of Zenith

Oooh! You're here? Then the ritual actually worked? Ahem... Oh Great Hero from another world! Thou hast come so far to fulfill your role in our legend! For our kingdom now stands on the very brink of ruin, and thou... And thou... Hold on. Are you really our Great Hero? You don't look like the thee-and-thou type.
— Anna

The Preface (Japanese: 破章 Broken Chapter) is the opening chapter of Fire Emblem Heroes. It depicts the summoning of the "Great Hero" to the World of Zenith by Anna, commander of the Order of Heroes. It is largely a tutorial chapter, with its two maps featuring little gameplay.

The Preface is played when the player launches the game for the first time. Unlike the other Story Maps in Heroes, the Preface's maps cannot be replayed at any point, unless the player deletes the game's data and starts afresh.

Plot

Main article: Preface/Script

The story begins as the Summoner is transported into a strange world, with Anna standing before them. Quickly getting over her surprise at the summoning ritual having worked, she proceeds to greet the Summoner to her world, but stops briefly to wonder if the player is actually the prophesied "Great Hero" of legend. Before she can explain to the player where they are, though, an Axe Fighter from the Emblian Empire shows up, and tries to attack. The Axe Fighter proves to be no match for Anna, however, and is quickly dispatched.

After the battle is won, Anna introduces herself as commander of the Order of Heroes, and explains that the Order fights for the freedom of the Heroes of various worlds such as those of Awakening and Birthright, in opposition to the Emblian Empire, who seek to enslave the Heroes instead. She states that Embla is planning to invade her country of Askr, and she and the player hurry onwards to stop them.

Anna shows the Summoner the Breidablik, the divine relic she used to summon the Summoner to her world. She explains that, according to legend, holding Breidablik high will summon the Great Hero, who will be able to wield it. Anna did so, and summoned the Summoner as a result, so she gives Breidablik to the Summoner, hoping that they will figure out how to use it.

Just then, another group of Emblian soldiers attack. Anna orders the Summoner to escape with Breidablik while she fights them off, but just then a bright light shines from Breidablik. The archer Takumi emerges from the light, having been summoned by Breidablik. Together with the freshly summoned Takumi, Anna is able to defeat the latest batch of Emblian soldiers. She thanks the Summoner for summoning Takumi to help, and formally welcomes them to the Order of Heroes.

Chapter data

Part 1: "I summon thee!"

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat the Axe Fighter Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Impossible 1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} Axe Fighter {{{third}}}
Cm feh preface 1.png

Character data

Version 2.4.0 and earlier Version 2.5.0 onward

Characters
New Units
Anna
Portrait anna feh.png
Axe Infantry
HP
18
Inventory
Silver Axe
Night Sky
Level
1
Automatically from the start
Rarity: ★★★★
Returning Characters

None

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Type Weapon Lv Rarity HP Atk Spd Def Res Skills
Portrait axe fighter feh.png Axe Fighter infantry Is feh axe.png 1 16 6 2 3 2 Iron Axe
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.

Part 2: The Legend

Version 2.4.0 and earlier Version 2.5.0 onward

Chapter Data
Conditions
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Impossible 2 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} Axe FighterBow Fighter {{{third}}}
Cm feh preface 2.png

Character data

Version 2.4.0 and earlier Version 2.5.0 onward

Characters
New Units
Takumi
Portrait takumi feh.png
Colorless Bow Infantry
HP
17
Inventory
Silver Bow
Retribution
Level
1
Automatically from the start
Rarity: ★★★★
Virion
Portrait virion feh.png
Colorless Bow Infantry
HP
19
Inventory
Silver Bow
Night Sky
Level
1
Automatically upon returning to the castle
Rarity: ★★★★
Matthew
Portrait matthew feh.png
Colorless Dagger Infantry
HP
16
Inventory
Rogue Dagger
Reciprocal Aid
Level
1
Automatically upon returning to the castle
Rarity: ★★★★
Raigh
Portrait raigh feh.png
Red Mage Infantry
HP
16
Inventory
Rauðrwolf
Rally Attack
Level
1
Automatically upon returning to the castle
Rarity: ★★★★
Returning Characters

Anna commander ​

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Type Weapon Lv Rarity HP Atk Spd Def Res Skills
Portrait axe fighter feh.png Axe Fighter infantry Is feh axe.png 2 16 8 7 3 2 Iron Axe
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Portrait bow fighter feh.png Bow Fighter infantry Is feh colorless bow.png 1 15 7 7 1 1 Iron Bow
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.

Strategy

This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

Part 1: "I summon thee!"

This map functions as a simple tutorial level. Simply follow the instructions given by the game, and Anna will easily defeat the enemy Axe Fighter.

Part 2: The Legend

On turn 1, you are forced to move Virion/Takumi first, to attack the nearby Axe Fighter. Do so, and then finish him off with Anna. At the beginning of turn 2, Anna's special skill, Night Sky, should be ready. You can use this to defeat the remaining Bow Fighter in a single attack.

Starting from version 2.5.0, the game will guide you through each move, so the battle is impossible to lose. Simply follow the game's instructions to win.

Trivia

  • Prior to the release of version 2.5.0 of Heroes, it was possible for the player to lose the battle in Part 2, if they did not move and simply allowed the enemy to attack and defeat both Anna and Virion. Starting from version 2.5.0, the player is instead guided through each move by the game, and forced to attack the enemy units, thus rendering defeat impossible.

Etymology and other languages

Preface

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Preface

--

Japanese

破章

Broken Chapter

Spanish

Prefacio

Preface

French

Préface

Preface

German

Einleitung

Introduction

Italian

Prefazione

Preface. In Italian, the parts are labeled with Roman numerals (I, II) rather than Arabic (1, 2).

Portuguese
(Brazil)

Prefácio

Preface

Traditional Chinese

破章

Broken chapter

Part 1: "I summon thee!"

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

"I summon thee!"

--

Japanese

我は汝を召喚す

I summon thee

Spanish

¡Yo te invoco!

I call upon you!

French

L'invocation

The invocation

German

Ich rufe dich herbei!

I call you here!

Italian

Io ti evoco!

I summon you!

Portuguese
(Brazil)

Eu te invoco!

I summon you!

Traditional Chinese

吾將召喚汝前來

I will summon thee to come

Part 2: The Legend

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

The Legend

--

Japanese

伝承に曰く

According to Legend

Spanish

La leyenda

The legend

French

La légende

The legend

German

Die Legende

The Legend

Italian

La leggenda

The legend

Portuguese
(Brazil)

A lenda

The Legend

Traditional Chinese

傳說有云

Many legends told

Gallery

Preface • World of Zenith →
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Story Maps Book I PrefaceP: World of Zenith • 1: World of Mystery • 2: World of Conquest • 3: World of Binding • 4: World of Awakening • 5: Back to Mystery • 6: World of Birthright • 7: World of Blazing • 8: Back to Awakening • 9: Heroes Invade • 10: World of Radiance • 11: Rite of Shadows • 12: Bitter Enemies • 13: Diabolical BloodlineI: A Power AwakensI: The Rite of Blades
Book II 1: The Flame • 2: Princess of Ice • 3: Guided by a Dream • 4: Fiery Resolve • 5: Blood and Snow • 6: The True Quarry • 7: Snow and Ash • 8: Rite of Frost • 9: Hellfire • 10: The King's Demise • 11: Prince of Ice • 12: Seeping Poison • 13: A Way Home
Book III 1: Death • 2: The Dread Gate • 3: Countdown • 4: A King's Worth • 5: A Father's Legacy • 6: Realm of the Dead • 7: A Home Unknown • 8: Truth of a Name • 9: Cohort of the Dead • 10: Omnicidal Witch • 11: Where It Began • 12: Lethal Swordsman • 13: Marvelous Dream
Book IV 1: The Dream • 2: Missing You • 3: Gullinkambi • 4: On Dark Wings • 5: Twisted Reality • 6: Dreaming Reality • 7: Steeped in Twilight • 8: Wallowing in Love • 9: Violent Fantasies • 10: Lack • 11: Plumeria's Dream • 12: Triandra's Dream • 13: Reality
Book V 1: Machine Dominion • 2: Kingsbrother • 3: Forest of the Sage • 4: The Vital Blade • 5: Night and Day • 6: Treachery • 7: Bound Elsewhere • 8: Serpent's Whispers • 9: Echoes of Truth • 10: Howling Descent • 11: Deceit • 12: What Remains • 13: Specter of Niðavellir
Book VI 1: Darkness • 2: Curse Directive • 3: Calling of Blood • 4: Princess Alone • 5: Evil Ways • 6: Revealing Lies • 7: To Be Emperor • 8: Closing In • 9: Opening a Way • 10: God of Openness • 11: One Last Chance
Paralogues 1: Family Bonds • 2: Sibling Bonds • 3: Blazing Shadows • 4: Spring Festival • 5: World of Shadows • 6: Bridal Blessings • 7: Echoes of Mystery • 8: Ylissean Summer • 9: Nohrian Summer • 10: The Sacred World • 11: Brave Heroes • 12: Performing Arts • 13: World of Holy War • 14: Trick or Defeat! • 15: Farfetched Heroes • 16: Winter's Envoy • 17: Happy New Year! • 18: Love Abounds • 19: Hares at the Fair • 20: Bridal Bloom • 21: Summer's Arrival • 22: A Sketchy Summer • 23: Festival in Hoshido • 24: Arrival of the Brave • 25: The Land's Bounty • 26: Brave Redux • 27: Adrift • 28: Gifts of Winter • 29: New Year's Wish • 30: Hostile Springs • 31: Greil's Devoted • 32: Regal Rabbits • 33: A Season for Picnics • 34: Bridal Belonging • 35: Summer Returns • 36: Summer Refreshes • 37: Brave Echoes • 38: A Splendid Soiree • 39: Treat Fiends • 40: Glorious Gifts • 41: Renewed Spirit • 42: A Star Is Born • 43: Lovely Gifts • 44: Familial Festivities • 45: The Start of It All • 46: Bridal Beloveds • 47: Summer Passing • 48: Overseas Memories • 49: Pirate's Pride • 50: To Stay Dreaming • 51: Dragons Harvest • 52: In the Moment • 53: A Festival Miracle • 54: Beyond Dreaming • 55: Dark Desert Rituals • 56: Love of a King • 57: Willful Rabbits • 58: Childhood Encounter • 59: Bridal Grace • 60: Summer Vibrance • 61: Summer's Dream • 62: Perilous Seas • 63: Scions of Twelve • 64: Shared Bounty • 65: Ninja Training • 66: Winter Dreamland • 67: Like Clockwork • 68: Of Lost Kingdoms • 69: Here with Me • 70: Hop-and-Go-Seek • 71: Unlikely Friends • 72: Bridal Blossoms • 73: Summer Vacation • 74: Taken by the Tide • 75: Risk and Reward • 76: Bite of Flame
Xenologues 1: Detached Princess • 2: The Brink of Chaos • 3: The People's Hero • 4: Whispers of Death • 5: Heavenly Witness
Locations The Sacred WorldWorld of AwakeningWorld of BindingWorld of BirthrightWorld of BlazingWorld of ConquestWorld of CrestsWorld of DawnWorld of Holy WarWorld of MysteryWorld of Mystery RenewedWorld of OriginWorld of RadianceWorld of ShadowsWorld of Thracia • World of Zenith (Askran KingdomDökkálfheimrEmblian EmpireHelJötunheimrLjósálfheimrMúspellNiflNiðavellir)
Groups, objects, and concepts BreidablikCurse DirectiveOrbOrder of HeroesRaritySummoning (summoning events)
Game modes Aether RaidsBinding WorldsBlessed GardensChain ChallengeColiseum (Allegiance BattleArena AssaultArena DuelsResonant BattleSummoner Duel) • Forging BondsFrontline PhalanxGrand ConquestsHall of FormsHeroes JourneyHeroic OrdealsLost LoreMjölnir's StrikePawns of LokiRøkkr SiegesSpecial Maps (Bound Hero BattlesEvent MapsGrand Hero BattlesHero BattlesLegendary Hero BattlesLimited Hero BattlesMythic Hero BattlesRelay DefenseRival DomainsSpecial Training MapsTrial Maps) • Squad AssaultTactics DrillsTap BattleTempest TrialsTraining TowerVoting Gauntlet
Related topics A Hero RisesAncient LettersArtists (0–9, A–LM–Z) • CalendarsChoose Your LegendsEvent calendarsFind & Vote Heroes!A Day in the LifeMini Acrylic Figure CollectionList of version differences (Name chart) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Voting Jubilee